Happy Cows

Another fascinating diabetes discovery that I take with a big grain of salt (pun intended): Forbes reports today that consumption of low-fat dairy products may lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes in men.

A study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data on more than 41,000 healthy men over 12 years -– and found that “each serving-per-day increase in total dairy intake was associated with a 9 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes.”

But Why? Researchers note that “milk contains a number of bioreactive components beyond amino acids, vitamins and minerals.” So presumably it is helpful in preventing all variety of ailments, no? The docs note that these findings are a “further reminder of the potential importance of dairy intake and the continuing value of research in this area.”

Happy_cows_1Wow. The California Cheese people must be smiling from ear-to-ear. What a boon to their marketing! Talk about your Happy Cows!

(And just in case you’re wondering {no?}: I checked, cows can get diabetes, too.)

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4 Responses

  1. Derek
    Derek May 11, 2005 at 3:52 am | | Reply

    I read over here in Germany that dairy products (from cows) are suspected to be a big factor in CAUSING Type 1! Something about human digestive system not being made for non-human milk……

  2. Shannon Lewis
    Shannon Lewis May 11, 2005 at 4:04 am | | Reply

    That’s a theory here in America too. There’s a study called the TGIGR that is studying the link between cow’s milk and type 1 diabetes. It has something to do with the protein in milk. That’s about all I know about it.

  3. Scott reynen
    Scott reynen May 11, 2005 at 5:21 pm | | Reply

    I wonder if the same isn’t true for water, or anything else that is low in sugar, and will make you full, making you less likely to eat high-sugar foods.

  4. terry
    terry May 13, 2005 at 1:55 pm | | Reply

    After 2 almost anual bouts with kidney stones, I found out that calcium can be a factor in causing some of them. However my urologist is focusing on having me avoid caffeine.

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